1st Annual Parenting Awards by UrbanSitter

Parenting Personalities Infographic

We surveyed more than 500 babysitters and nannies across the nation to give us the scoop on the parents they work for. Find out what they said about parenting personalities, screen time, house rules and everything in between. According to sitters moms in San Francisco have got it all together, moms in Phoenix are the […]

How to Land Nanny Jobs

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If you’re considering joining the ranks of the 1.3 million Americans who have careers in the field of child care, you may be in the market for a nanny job. Before you decide if a nanny job is right for you, make sure you understand the role and job expectations, and consider the skills and […]

Tips for a Creating and Managing a Successful Nanny Share

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Many parents are choosing a nanny share, rather than relying on day care centers to provide child care that is both personalized and affordable. As many parents can attest, child care is one of the most significant expenses in a family budget. A nanny share is an excellent childcare solution since it provides convenient, specialized […]

10 Reasons Why College Students Should Consider Babysitting Jobs

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It is estimated that the average cost of college tuition and fees for this school year is nearly $10,000 to attend a public university and more than triple that for a year at a private institution. And it’s not getting any cheaper! Not surprisingly, research shows that 4 out of 5 students are working to […]

Is an Au Pair The Right Childcare Solution for You?

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For some families who need live-in childcare, hosting an au pair—a young person who comes to the United States as part of a cultural exchange program and agrees to provide full-time childcare in exchange for housing and a weekly stipend—may be an ideal solution. Let’s take a look at the benefits and limitations of au […]

Transitioning Your Baby to a Caregiver

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Contributed by Lori Mihalich-Levin of Mindful Return Whether you’ve been home on maternity leave for a few weeks or a few months, transitioning your baby to a new caregiver—babysitter, nanny or daycare—can be daunting and fraught with lots of emotions. Will the caregiver recognize my baby’s cries? If I’m leaving my child for 2 hours, […]

After-School Babysitter: Your 101 Guide

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  The start of a new school year gives you a chance to get off on the right foot with a new sitter or refresh the relationship you have with existing sitters. Seize the opportunity to evaluate your after-school childcare expectations and have a candid discussion with your sitter to let her know what’s important […]

What To Do When Your Child Hates the Babysitter

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Either your child has told you they hate the babysitter, or you’ve determined as much by his reaction when you announce the babysitter is coming over. Either way, you’ve discovered a mismatch and it needs to be remedied. We’ve collected some approaches that might help smooth over the situation. Figure out the problem and work […]

How to Have Difficult Conversations with your Babysitter

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What do you do if your babysitter repeatedly ignores your instructions or worse, contradicts your disciplinary style? Which rules is it okay for her to bend a little, and which ones should you dig your heels in about? Tackling tough topics with your children’s caregiver doesn’t need to leave you feeling uneasy or apprehensive. You […]